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Texas Tech look to stave off elimination in Omaha against Michigan

Both teams enter with a two game winning streak.

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Florida State vs Texas Tech Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

It’s game day again in Omaha and the Red Raiders will be facing a familiar foe. The Red Raiders will be facing the Michigan Wolverines in an elimination game for the Red Raiders. The Wolverines are in the drivers seat of this bracket as they won their first two games and got an extra rest day going into this game. The Red Raiders will have to use their depth if they are to win the next two games and get to the championship series.

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Florida State vs Texas Tech Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Raiders will need to hit the ball well against the Wolverines and drive in runs. That has been a problem for this team in spots this postseason. Micah Dallas will go to the bump today as his down performance last Saturday wasn’t enough for Coach Tadlock to go with someone else such as Erikson Lanning. Dallas has a 7-1 record on the season and has been stellar for the team since he took over as a starter in the middle of the season.

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Michigan vs Texas Tech Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

We’re not 100% sure who the Michigan Wolverines will send to the mound but my bet is on Game 1 winner Karl Kauffmann. In the first game of the World Series, Kauffmann only allowed 2 runs in 7.0 innings of work. He has an 11-6 record on the season.

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Michigan vs Texas Tech Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

The Red Raiders will have another spark in their lineup as Gabe Holt returned last game against Florida State. He only had one hit, but his speed is unmatched on the base paths. Brian Klein has also had a very good World Series as he has 2 home runs this past week. Cameron Warren and Josh Jung have also had great College World Series.

NCAA Baseball: College World Series-Florida State vs Texas Tech Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

These teams are very familiar with each other as this will be the fifth time this season these two teams will face off. The Red Raiders won the first three match-ups and the Wolverines won the first game of the College World Series. This will be a test of who wants it more, if the Red Raiders can take this to a game two, I give them the advantage because of their pitching depth.